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LVBS x NYB: A Frosty Fable Returns

LVBS is thrilled to announce its partnership with the prestigious National Youth Ballet (NYB) for the first time. This collaboration marks the next step in the school's commitment to fostering cross-industry artistic collaboration and providing enriching experiences for its students. Through this initiative, LVBS will be reviving an iconic National Youth Ballet production, A Frosty Fable, as part of its summer performances, set to the music of Delibes' Coppélia. This joyous and uplifting work will showcase the talent of the younger years in the school's ranks and will take the students on the exciting journey of bringing a narrative ballet to life on stage.

LVBS will present Louise Bennett's A Frosty Fable by kind permission of National Youth Ballet. Photo: Jack Thomson, copyright of LVBS

"We are incredibly excited to join forces with National Youth Ballet for this exciting event," says Gavin McCaig. "Both organisations share a passion for empowering young people through dance and this collaboration reflects our shared commitment to nurturing young talent and exposing it to narrative work. It was an obvious choice for me to reach out to Louise and the team at NYB to attempt to get some of their excellent works out of storage and back on to stage. I simply can't wait to see the results!"

"Originally created in 2017 for National Youth Ballet, I am delighted to be reworking A Frosty Fable for the wonderful dancers of London Vocational Ballet School," says Louise Bennett, Artistic Director of National Youth Ballet's performance company and choreographer of the work. "The ballet tells the tale of two quarrelling siblings who face unexpected adversity while playing in the snow, and I am so excited to go on this narrative journey with a fantastic new cast of dancers, exploring their individual artistry and creativity."

A Frosty Fable will feature as part of Renaissance, coming to Sadler's Wells Lilian Baylis on the 28th of June 2024. Tickets are on sale now.

About Choreographer, Louise Bennett

Louise trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with The Royal Swedish Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet and English National Ballet. She is now a freelance ballet teacher, artistic director, rehearsal director and choreographer based in London. From 2020-2022 she worked as a Ballet Master at Ballett am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Germany, before returning to London to take up a post as Artistic Director of the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain's Performance Company.

Louise has taught for companies including The Royal Ballet, Ballett Zürich, Ballett am Rhein, Company Wayne McGregor, Ballet de l'Opéra du Rhin, Ballet Black, Rambert and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, and for students at Rambert School, Laban, Zürich University of the Arts, and Balettakademien Stockholm.  She also worked as an on set ballet teacher and coach for Francesca Hayward for the film adaptation of Cats. 

As a choreographer, Louise has created pieces for The Royal Ballet School, The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain, Ballet Central, Encore Dance Company, Tivoli Ballet and Outside Edge Theatre Company - we can't wait to see the end result of this exciting collaboration.

About National Youth Ballet

National Youth Ballet cultivates and nurtures talent in young people, who will create the ballet of the future. Our programmes aim to challenge perceptions about what ballet can be and who it is for.

For over 30 years NYB has provided transformational opportunities for young people to participate in, create and perform classical and contemporary ballet. We offer two programmes of activity that enable young people from all backgrounds to explore and develop their innate creativity.



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